Volunteers needed for Salvation Army red kettle campaign

Officials with the Glace Bay Salvation Army say the annual red kettle campaign will start six days early this year. "We have about 40% of shift left to fill so there's lot of opportunity left to get involved and help make a difference".

Beginning Monday, November 20, kettle stands will appear at various retailers, malls and grocery stores to Christmas Eve.

"Bellringing is just a two-hour commitment", said Galindo.

Still, the Salvation Army is hoping to reach its Huron County goal this season of $18,000.

Dallas has the highest child poverty rate among big cities with 38 percent of DFW area children living in poverty, according to Dallas News.

The Salvation Army hopes more volunteers will sign up and help local families in a time of need the same way Roche was helped all those years ago.

Money collected during the holiday season helps the charity fund its programs, including a food pantry that serves approximately 1,200 families a month, Meals on Wheels and a free after-school program. The programs include daily lunches and a seasonal men's shelter.

"In the a year ago, we spent over $30,000 in direct assistance to individuals in the county", he said. "Without the generosity of the community, we would not be able to provide for those in the most need on our island".

As of November 23, kettles will be set up Foodland, Sobeys and Harbax Home Hardware in Glace Bay and beginning December 1, kettles will also be placed at Atlantic Superstore, the Glace Bay liquor store and the Sterling Mall. This year's goal is also $70,000.

"What the community gives us, we give back".

Vanessa Coleman